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Bet Your Bones (A Dinah Pelerin Mystery #2)

3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  64 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews

A wedding on the lip of a Hawaiian volcano sounds risky to Dinah Pelerin, the bride’s best friend and maid of honor.The bride, Claude Ann Kemper, has bet her heart that she’s found the right man at last.The groom has gone all in on a real estate deal he believes will set him and his new wife up forlife.A group of Native Hawaiians claims that the sacred bones of an ancestra
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Vicki Gooding
Oct 30, 2015 Vicki Gooding rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I have read in this series. Both deal with anthropology in different geological locations with history, lore and myths. It is a historical novel in mystery form as she always adds a good deal of information. A tad much, but she is an excellent story teller. I like the way the main character thinks, humor a touch of intrigue, honesty and humor. The way she gathers facts is different in many ways than qualified authorities, but the results are better, other than leaving her ...more
Karen Dunaway
Aug 31, 2012 Karen Dunaway rated it it was ok
She hemorrhages question marks. It's her primary method of moving the plot forward. Hawaii was nice, but not much more.
Debbie Heaton
Jun 26, 2014 Debbie Heaton rated it liked it
In Matthews’ mystery novel, budding anthropologist Dinah Pekerin goes to Hawaii for her best friend’s wedding. The wedding is too held on the rim of a volcano, the same volcano that the fiancé is involved in a controversial land development deal over. The myths and legends fascinate Dinah but the locals are upset and protesting the desecration of sacred burial grounds. When a murder takes place, Dinah follows a trail of blackmail, secrets, and risky business all the while walking a thin line bet ...more
May 30, 2011 Ivyd rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Dinah Pelerin, wanna be anthropologist, takes a break from an internship in the Philippines to once again stand as maid of honor for her best friend Claude Ann. Dinah has reservations about Claudy’s upcoming nuptials to Xander just as she did about Claudy’s previous wedding. When a theft and murder occurs we play detective right along with Dinah as she tries to suss out a killer.

We learn a bit more about Dinah’s past in the follow up to BONES OF CONTENTION but in the context of her fri
May 15, 2011 Sara rated it liked it
Received from Netgalley.

Summary: A wedding on the lip of a Hawaiian volcano sounds risky to Dinah Pelerin, the bride’s best friend and maid of honor. The bride, Claude Ann Kemper, has bet her heart that she’s found the right man at last. The groom has gone all in on a real estate deal he believes will set him and his new wife up for life. A group of Native Hawaiians claims that the sacred bones of an ancestral king are buried on the land the groom plans to sell and one of them has vowed do whate
Kae Cheatham
May 06, 2011 Kae Cheatham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I requested Bet Your Bones by Jeanne Matthews from Poisoned Pen Press through Net Galley.

This is the second mystery of a series, but reading the first isn't a prerequisite. I was attracted by the Hawaii setting and the mention of myths. Myths are protagonist Dinah Pelerin's specialty as she studies for her anthropology degree.

Her undaunted curiosity (a given for most scientists) is what had Dinah in the Philippines; her deep concern for her best friend Claude Ann draws her to the Big Island. But

Mar 28, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it
Bet Your Bones was well written and a good read. I loved the setting of Hawaii...who doesn't love Hawaii! I did find the main character Dinah to be flaky. Flaky in that she seemed to be drifting around and not settling on a career path. And that she even went to Claude Anne's wedding in Hawaii in the first place when she and Claude Anne had a falling out years ago.

Besides being flaky, Dinah is a student of cultural anthropology. This allowed for the recounting of a number of very interesting Ha
Feb 26, 2015 Stuart rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
A nice mystery by Jeanne Matthews, set in Hawaii, and giving lots of interesting insights into Hawaiian myths and legends, and a murder at a wedding to which our hero has been invited as best maid. I'd have said there were too many characters to keep tabs on, but it was good anyway.
Ronda Taylor
Jun 25, 2012 Ronda Taylor rated it really liked it
Bet Your Bones is a fun mystery. Anthropologist/amateur sleuth Dinah Pelerin’s second adventure takes place in Hawaii, where her long-time friend’s wedding is disrupted by many interesting complications, not the least of which is murder. Author Jeanne Matthews does a great job weaving Hawaiian myths and local flavor into the plot. The story’s pacing is atypical because the main “dead body” arrives well into the book, but I thought this allowed for the characters to be more fully developed. As a ...more
Dec 09, 2014 Kari rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2014
I liked this sequel a bit more than the first on the series. I felt like the mystery was a little more solid. I also came to like Dinah a lot more as a character. I look forward to reading the next one.
Nov 01, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-hawaii
Aspiring anthropologist Dinah Pelerin flies to Hawaii to act as maid of honor--for the second time--to her childhood friend Claude Ann, trying to repress her unease that Claude is marrying an older man, Xander, whom she met only weeks before. Xander is closing a big real estate deal, and there are protestors who oppose his development plan. Are they behind the ugly trick played on Claude Ann at the celebratory party? The wedding party leaves Oahu for the Big Island, where the ceremony is schedul ...more
May 15, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
I like these stories and the characters but, as I've said before, the author is a little too caught up in the myths that she inserts into the storyline. I know that this is her "niche," but just a little into to myths would be fine and appropriate -- I think she just puts too much of it into her books and it takes away a little for me (resulting in three stars instead of four). I often find myself skipping forward.
Apr 26, 2013 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice 2nd story in the Dinah Pelerin series. Due to the background of the protagonist being cultural anthropology, each book deals with a different area of the world and introduces us to some of the myths and legends of the indigenous people. Throw in a murder to two for solving and the books are quite fun to read.
Susan Schreyer
Nov 11, 2011 Susan Schreyer rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Wonderful writing, great wit, well drawn characters and a tight plot. Highly recommend anything Jeanne Matthews writes. She's a high quality writer who always entertains.
Sep 26, 2015 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-and-pw-read
too contrived. dinah takes too many absurd risks. her choices of actions were unrealistic
Apr 13, 2013 Marie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, funny, favorites
Looking forward to the next in this series. I enjoy the blend of local lore, humor, and mystery.
Donna Martemucci
Apr 20, 2012 Donna Martemucci rated it really liked it
another fun mystery. Liked hearing about the history of Hawaii
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Jeanne Matthews was born and raised in Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Journalism and has worked as a copywriter, a high school English and Drama teacher, and a paralegal. She currently lives in Renton, Washington with her husband, who is a law professor, and a West Highland terrier, who is a prima donna.
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